Christmas 2017 Special Delivery Lindt Reindeer

Hi Everyone,

I have an adorable, and delicious, little reindeer treat holder for you today.  It is a Special Delivery crate, straight from the North Pole, that contains a wonderful, and tasty, chocolate Lindt Reindeer.

Start with a 6 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ piece of card stock.  Score with the 6 1/2″ side up at 2 1/2″ and 4″.  Score with the 8 1/2″ side up at 2 1/2″ and 6″.  With the piece in landscape  (horizontal) position, cut neatly up the score lines on both sides of the rectangle in the center, and notch into the corner squares to make the assembly neater.  Turn the piece around and do the same thing to the other side.

Turn the shorter end towards you, the 1 1/2″ section in the middle will be the front or back, so you only need about 1/2″ on the outside of the score lines for glue tabs.  So, you will be cutting away a lot of the outside corners.  Turn the piece around until the other end is facing you and do the same thing.  See the video below for a visual guide.

On one of the narrow ends (which will become the front) take a 1 1/2″ circle punch or scissors, and create a “scooped” area where the neck of the reindeer will sit.   Decide which side you wish to have the sentiment on, and on the other side, use the Classic Label Punch to make two slots in the side.  I made mine at 1″ and 1 3/4″ from the bottom score line.   Then glue the tabs to the sides and create the crate.

Use two circle tab punchies to glue over the sides of the crate with a strong adhesive (I used liquid glue), and punch a 1/4″ hole in the circle.  Thread a ribbon through, and secure on itself using a strong double-sided tape adhesive.  I put the tabs slightly to the front of center, because the reindeer is a little heavier toward the head.  Then, make a bow for each side and glue on with glue dots.  I used the Quilted Christmas ribbon.

Stamp the sentiment from the Merry Little Labels stamp set in cherry cobbler onto whisper white card stock, and cut using the second largest stitched shape oval.  Cut a coordinating scalloped oval from the layering ovals, and glue the sentiment to it.  Then, glue this onto the side of the crate that has not been cut out.  Add the reindeer, and give to young or old!

I had a though after creating the video, that a “name tag” around the neck of the reindeer and hanging over the front of the crate, would be an adorable place to write the “to-from” for the gift.  Some small jingle bells would be pretty cute, too!

I hope you enjoy this cute little project, and give it a try.

And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed!  ~Darby

 

 

Christmas 2017 Ribbon Bookmarks Ready for Gifting

Hi Everyone,

Please don’t object to my use of “gifting” for this project.  I wanted to convey a sense of giving, but have it include all of the warm and wonderful thoughts and feelings that go into creating a present personalized just for the person receiving the gift.

Ribbon Bookmarks packaged and ready for giving

These bookmarks can be made with what you already have in your stash, but can still be beautifully personalized to the person receiving the gift.  They can be a thoughtful gift by themselves, as stocking stuffer, or can accompany a carefully and lovingly selected book.

The bookmarks are made with a 9″ length of ribbon, although the length can be adjusted if you are giving them with a taller book.  I used the Circle Tab Punch for each end of the bookmark, so the width of your ribbon can vary from 1/2″ to 1″, which is just smaller than the width of the “shoulders” of the circle tab punch.  You probably want to select a ribbon that is not bulky, because it will be sandwiched between the circle tab punch layers.

The most important thing to watch out for is the glue.  Take time to glue the bookmark carefully, as you don’t want any stray glue to stick to the pages of the book.  I used a touch of Fast Fuse to stick it fast, but a bit of Tombow to hold for the long run.  You can personalize these any way you wish using different ribbons, card stock colors, stamped images and even tassels.  If using premade tassels, make sure to carefully “twist” the jump ring open and closed to keep it round.  Watch the video for a visual explanation.

I packaged them in a 2″ x 8″ cellophane bag, and used a strip of card stock 10″ by 1 7/8″, scored at 8″, with the scored end punched in the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  Stamp a sentiment on this top flap.  Next, cut a slit in the card stock about 3″ from the bottom, and centered 1/2″ from each side.  That is where I pulled the bulk of the ribbon through so the bookmark top and bottom would be visible in the packaging. If you have repositionable adhesive, you could stick it down with that.  I used some washi tape from the Year of Cheer to hold it in place, because the washi doesn’t usually leave any stickiness or residual. Test yours to be sure. Remember to secure the ribbon on the back as well.  Then slip the card stock and bookmark into the cello bag, fold over the top flap and stick with a glue dot to the cellophane bag, thread a ribbon or twine through and around, and tie a knot or bow.  Embellish as desired.

Here are the ones I created:

A more masculine version, this was made with the Night of Navy Crinkled ribbon, tab punches from Whisper White and stamped with Touches of Texture in Sahara Sand, and embellished with the rooster and “for you” from the Wood Words stamp set.  The 3/4″ circle punch cuts sentiments and images that fit well in the circle tab punch.  The sentiment is from SU Christmas Pines.  I used a snowflake punch from The Paper Studio.

The next one was made with Berry Burst finely woven ribbon, gold foil paper tabs, gold embossed flower from Better Together, gold embossed “enjoy” from Tabs for Everything, package embellishment with the Holly Berry builder punchies, and sentiment stamped in berry burst from the Better Together stamp set.  Gold tassel from the Eastern Beauty collection.

The third one was created from the Fresh Fig finely woven ribbon, gold foil paper tabs, “Hello” and flower image from Easter Beauty stamp set, fresh fig tassel from the same collection, gold foil and silver glimmer paper punched stars (SU retired punch) and fresh fig stamped sentiment from Better Together.

I hope you enjoy this project, and find it useful for your Christmas giving.

And, until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  ~Darby